The first in September 1987 three activists boarded the train tracks going from the naval base in Concord California and were ready to go on hunger strike. Thus Vietnam veterans Brian Wilson and his two comrades were trying to express their protest against the supply of U.S. arms to Nicaragua. The activists believed that their action will draw the attention of the public and thus they are able to influence the policies of Reagan.
At the site of the protest was attended by about 40 people. It was a bright sunny day with good visibility and it was widely expected that the train will stop as soon as the driver will notice people on the tracks. Officials and naval forces were aware of the action.
However, the seemingly ordinary event quickly turned into a bloody tragedy, and not just by chance.
The train is not only stopped, but as it set a consequence, even increased the speed to 17 miles per hour, against the 5-position. At the last moment, two of the activists managed to rebound, but Brian Wilson is not lucky — he was hit, suffered multiple injuries, he had breached his head and cut off both his legs below the knee.
Later it became clear that civil gang that ruled the locomotive was ordered not to brake, because the rails are dangerous terrorists who are planning to take a train. (I wonder whether the driver asked the question: "Why did not they arrest him?").
The surprises were not over. An ambulance from the military base quickly arrived on the scene, but the military refused transport to the hospital Brian, referring to the departmental affiliation. Wife, son of Mr. Wilson and other activists for 15-20 minutes the bleeding stopped and tried to save the life of a veteran, until a private ambulance arrived. Veteran's saved.
The amazing things continued — team members train not only aware of their guilt, but also sued Brian Wilson demanding monetary compensation for the "humiliation, mental suffering and physical stress" that they experienced because he did not give them to obey orders without so tragic consequences.
They rejected the lawsuit yet, but the lawsuit Wilson and his colleagues against the government and met the crew. Brian later agreed to settle the matter for $ 920,000, another $ 250,000 came in the form of donations. Brian continues its activity, has written a book.